Columbia 300 Open
$140,000 COLUMBIA 300 OPEN
Highland Lanes, Austin, TX, Jan 29-Feb 2, 1996
C.K. Moore Perfect In Austin; Moore Earns More Than 300
The initials C.K. in C.K. Moore's name don't stand for Clark Kent, but Moore did his best Superman impression during the championship round of the PBA Columbia 300 Open at Highland Lanes, Austin, Texas.
Moore, a rookie from Chehalis, Wash., was bowling in just his fifth national tournament and was making his first television appearance. The 38-year-old, who qualified fourth for the telecast, made PBA history by rolling a 300 game in his semifinal match versus defending champion Parker Bohn III. The perfect game was the ninth in televised PBA history (on the national tour) and the first by a rookie. Moore then went on to beat tournament leader Butch Soper, 214-180, in the title match to earn his first win, $22,000 and a spot into the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions. He also received a $25,000 bonus for the perfect game courtesy of Highland Lanes.
"I wasn't that nervous during the 300 game because I had the match won and you never expect to shoot 300;' said Moore. "I was more nervous during the title match because that actually meant more to me."
If C.K. (which actually stands for Charles Kenneth) was nervous during the final match, it didn't show. Moore's only open frame of the match came In the seventh (4-6-10). Soper struck in his seventh frame, but failed on another 2-4-5 spare attempt In the eighth and Moore bounced back nicely with strikes In the eighth, ninth and on his first shot in the 10th to seal the win.
Ironically, prior to Moore it was Soper who had the last 300 game on TV when he turned the trick in Reno Nev., in 7994. However, he lost his next match and finished fourth. Soper collected $12,000 for his runnerup finish, the third time he has finished second in a Columbia 300 Open.
Moore started his night with a 173-766 win over Ed Richardson, then defeated David Traber, 217-167, before his heroics really started. Moore, a Presbyterian pastor, was asked if he thought God had been playing favorites. "I don't think God plays favorites, but I can't explain why all this is happening. It's hard to grasp right now, it all seemed to happen so fast and I'm still in awe."
Moore isn't the first pro to roll 300 in his first TV appearance. Bob Benoit shot a perfect game in the title match of the 1988 Quaker State Open, his first telecast.
PLAYOFF RESULTS-Moore defeated Richardson, 173-166; Moore defeated Traber, 217-167; Moore defeated Bohn, 300-192; and in the championship game, Moore defeated Soper, 214-180. @-Moore received a $25,000 bonus for rolling a 300 game on national television. 42-GAME TOTALS OTHER CASHERS *-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Bryan Goebel, 4241. 24th placeless Stayrook, 3974. 48th place-Dave Wodka, 3869. #-Jimmy Davis, Bob Belmont, Jess Stayrook and Mark Williams rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Parker Bohn III, Roger Bowker, Joe Firpo, Paul Koehler, Brian Himmler and Walter Ray Williams Jr. ($50 each).
*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Bryan Goebel, 4241. 24th placeless Stayrook, 3974. 48th place-Dave Wodka, 3869. #-Jimmy Davis, Bob Belmont, Jess Stayrook and Mark Williams rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Parker Bohn III, Roger Bowker, Joe Firpo, Paul Koehler, Brian Himmler and Walter Ray Williams Jr. ($50 each).